For many homeowners, the back yard is a sanctuary to come to relax and enjoy the wonders of nature. This peace is disturbed when possums get in the area, and they forage around and potentially destroy the plants and flowers you worked so hard to grow. Remove these opossums from the equation before it’s too late.
Identify the Problem
Identifying an opossum problem should be your first priority. These creatures enjoy areas near tree crevices, wooded areas, underneath decks, and brush piles. After rummaging through your garden for nesting sites or food, there will be some tell-tale signs left behind. Look for droppings, overturned garbage cans, and tracks. Opossum poop is sort of identical to dog poop, only it tends to have tapered ends and is sually a little smoother.
Dealing with roof rats is important not just to prevent disease from spreading, but to keep the infestation of rodents from growing quickly. The following steps offered by animal control experts make rat removal a simple process so you don’t have to live in fear.
You first need to inspect your home to see how bad the rat infestation is. Look for red flags, including rodent feces, tracks, burrows, runways, urine stains, rodent sounds, or already dead rodents. Rodent feces look like black or brown grains of rice, averaging around 3/8 inches long. You can tell if the feces is fresh by its color. If the color is not dark, the rat was recently in the area.
Dogs and cats are very in tune with their senses, and they’ll get stirred up if a rat is near the area. Check the food pantry as well, seeing if bags of food have been tampered with. Search low traffic-areas of your house too, including closets and especially attics for roof rats.
Rats are adaptive animals capable of getting into impossibly tight spaces. Their destructive behavior may result in all sorts of problems for homeowners. Here are some common problems you’ll find with rats and the correct ways to deal with them.
Chew Electrical Wiring
Rats need to chew on things to keep their teeth honed. It’s an instinctive behavior, but can be frustrating when they target your electrical wiring. The solution to this problem is simple: seal up all openings that are the size of a quarter or larger so that no rats can get inside and get access to your wiring.
Unfortunately, if you have rat problems, your pets may be at risk. That’s because rats will attack predators much larger than them, especially if there is a horde of them around. Rats like to eat cat and dog food right out of your pets bowl, which could cause them to spread diseases to your pet.
Rat Busters animal control technician Randy Privett earns his certification from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. He passed the test and now holds a Limited Commercial Wildlife Management Certification. This certification guarantees that Mr. Privett is qualified to perform rat removal in, on or under structures. This also extends to other types of commercial wildlife such as raccoons, armadillos, squirrels, skunks, opossums, etc.
All licenses with regards to agriculture, protection of the environment, safety of consumers, and wholesomeness of food in Florida go through the Department of Agriculture. This includes the regulation of the practice of commercial pest control, under the provisions of the Structural Pest Control Act, Chapter 482, Florida Statutes.